HOPE Public Interest News for the Week of December 17, 2012

Featured Events: Spring 2013

(1Ls and 2Ls – this is how you can get involved!) 


  • January 22nd, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Training Session, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Room TBD. Volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation to individuals with low to moderate incomes ($50,000 maximum income), individuals with disabilities, non-English speaking taxpayers, and the elderly.  
  • January 29th, Gideon Project Training Session, 12:30 – 2 pm, Room TBD. Work in teams to conduct a series of court observations in determining whether litigants understand their rights in criminal and traffic court.  
  • January 28th, Public Interest Summer Opportunities, 12:30 -2 pm, E352. Discover some of the exciting summer opportunities including HOPE Fellowships, the Summer Public Interest Program, Clinics, Externships, and the African Probate & Policy Initiative.  
  • January 30th, 1st On-Campus VITA Session, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, Law School Campus.  


  • February 6th, Legal Line at Dade County Bar Association, 6 – 9 pm. Help attorneys provide free legal assistance to callers throughout Miami-Dade County by participating in February’s featured event. Email HOPE for more information or to carpool. 
  • February 15th, Deadline for Applying for HOPE Summer Fellowships, Summer Public Interest Fellowships, and the African Probate & Policy Initiative.  Email HOPE for more information. These application deadlines are distinct from summer clinic application deadlines. More information about Summer Clinics will follow. 
  • February 28th, Public Interest Lecture Series, 12:30 – 2 pm, A-216B. Join us for small roundtable style lunch featuring dedicated public interest and private attorneys handling pro bono matters in the public interest. 


  • March 22nd, Tour of Krome Detention Center, 1 – 4 pm. Join us for the featured event of March: a tour of one of the most well-known immigration detention centers in the United States. We will be leaving the law school campus at 12:30 pm. Click here for information on the facility. 
  • March 28th, Public Interest Lecture Series, 12:30 – 2 pm, A-110A. Join us for small roundtable style luncheons featuring dedicated public interest and private attorneys handling pro bono matters in the public interest.


  • April 18th, Public Interest Spring Recognition Reception, 5 – 8 pm, Student Lounge. Celebrate your hard work throughout the year with awards, recognition of service, food, and more.  
  • April TBD, Put Something Back Pro Se Clinic, 12 – 2 pm, Bankruptcy Courthouse, Room 1510. Interested in bankruptcy law? April’s featured event connects students with attorneys to answer questions from potential debtors about simple bankruptcy proceedings.

Featured Fellowships 

Equal Justice Works: New application period for 2013 Summer Corps program. Applications accepted on a rolling basis beginning Tuesday, December 18, 2012 until Monday, March 18, 2013. See here for program details.

2013 Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program. Approximately 15 positions are available for first and second year law students at Legal Services of New Jersey. Click here for application.

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week early summer program about contemporary legal ethics. Click here for information.

The Echoing Green Fellowship awards up to $90,000 of start-up capital to promising entrepreneurs starting up new organizations aiming to create large-scale social impact.

Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) University. Information and application located HERE.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Civil Rights Division seeks second year law students as legal interns to assist with its enforcement and outreach efforts. Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (5-10 pages) via email to apply. The positions are unpaid, but visit our website to find out how you can qualify for a HOPE Fellowship.

2013 Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Application Period Now Open. The Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program, established in 2004 on the recommendation of the ASIL Honors Committee, recognizes the legacy of Arthur Helton, a remarkable ASIL member who died in the August 19, 2003, bombing of the UN mission in Baghdad along with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Viera de Mello and 20 others. For details and application, click here. 

Announcements & Opportunities 

Pro Bono Legal Research Project: Looking for 1-2 students (2Ls and 3Ls only) to complete a research project no later than January 22nd. Research includes a comprehensive review of unlawful sub-delegation of federal powers to third parties. E-mail here if you are interested.

2013 Akin Gump Summer Pro Bono Scholars Program is a two-summer program for top law students who show a strong interest in making pro bono an integral part of their Akin Gump careers.

Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative is currently accepting applications for its 2013 June-July Legal Studies Externship Program. The Program offers an opportunity to make a real contribution to assisting others in overcoming the hardships and legal inequity in Southeast Asia.

19th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference, February 22-23, 2013. Registration is now open! HOPE will provide a $100 travel stipend to students who have not already used the benefit through EJW.